9 Nov 2015

Another 'Suarez'? Klopp wants 'fantastic' £15m striker who rejected Barcelona transfer. Liverpool scouts sent

The transfer rumours just keep on coming, and the latest name to enter the fray is £15m-rated Newcastle United attacker Ayoze Perez.

On Monday, Sky Sports reported:

"Liverpool, Tottenham, and Manchester United are all keeping an eye on Newcastle forward Ayoze Perez. United and Liverpool have compiled scouting reports on him".

Perez has been linked with a move away from Newcastle for most of the year, but in a recent interview, his agent dismissed the possibility of a transfer:

"I do not think [there is a chance of him leaving], but who knows what will happen? We prefer to remain in England. If we need to change clubs, everything must go naturally. Now it is better to stay."

Some info about Perez:

* Centre-forward who can play as a winger, and a second-striker.

* Newcastle: 10 goals/2 assists in 51 apps (Goal/assist every 281 minutes)

* Tenerife: 23 goals/assists in 41 apps.

* Dec 2014: Ex-Newcastle boss Alan Pardew's assessment: “Ayoze’s a natural forward. He can do the other side of the game, a bit like Wayne Rooney. He can mix it in the midfield and score goals.”

* Dec 2014: In a separate interview, Pardew raved: “Perez is going places. He’s going to have a fantastic career. I have been fortunate to work with Carlos Tevez [and] Teddy Sheringham, and he has got faster feet than them.

* Dec 2014: Perez claimed he rejected moves to Real Madrid and Barcelona: "Yes, there was big interest from Real Madrid...and Barcelona, but had I signed for one of these clubs would I have been playing in their first team?".

* On the main area he wants to improve: "I think I’m a bit weak in this area: strength and physicality, but I’m working to improve that”.

* On having his playing style compared to Luis Suarez: "We all know how good Luis Suarez is. Of course being compared with him flatters me – I would [love] to be half the player he is!”.

Thanks, but no thanks. Perez's record for Newcastle is average, and the Reds already have attacking players who fail to score/assist on a regular basis. In my view, the next attacking player Liverpool sign has to be as close to a sure-thing as possible, and that means someone who is:

* Experienced, and mentally strong enough to take the pressure of playing for Liverpool (i.e. someone who has flourished in an equally pressurised environment).

* Tough, Robust, and does not have a long history of injuries (and no ACL injuries in the past)

* A consistent scoring/creator of goals.

Any ideas?

Author: Jaimie K


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